Ten years ago, Steven Blush wrote a book called American Hardcore: A Tribal History.
His motive: "I'm documenting the American hardcore punk music scene because it's being forgotten. Its history is evaporating as the participants die off or find religion or repress their memories of those dynamic days."
And as it turns out, thanks to his tome, the 2006 documentary movie of the same name, and a new, expanded second edition of the book, "hardcore" is now a term even your grandma understands.
Over the last few months, Blush has been touring the country to promote that previously mentioned second edition of American Hardcore. And finally, he'll land in Miami next week for a slideshow presentation on early-'80s mosh pits and punk politics.
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Now go see the thing, share some stories, shed some blood, scream your dissent, and thank Sweat Records' Lolo Reskin and Roofless Records for bringing this hardcore history lesson to town.
Steven Blush's American Hardcore. Thursday, January 13. Sweat Records, 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami. The slideshow starts at 8 p.m. and admission is free. Call 786-693-9309 or visit sweatrecordsmiami.com.